Data Use in Quality Rating and Improvement Systems
Sep 9, 2020
RAND researchers conducted a developmental evaluation of Quality Start Los Angeles, Los Angeles County's quality rating and improvement system for early learning providers. This report provides lessons learned from the research-practice partnership and recommendations to help other partnerships establish strong and open relationships that can positively influence evidence-based decisionmaking.
Partnership Insights and Lessons Learned
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In 2018, the RAND Corporation entered into a research-practice partnership (RPP) with Quality Start Los Angeles (QSLA), Los Angeles County's quality rating and improvement system (QRIS) for early learning providers serving children from birth to age 5. RAND conducted a developmental evaluation of selected QSLA components, including coaching, assessment technical assistance, and early learning providers' perceptions of their QSLA quality tier ratings. This report provides insights into the strengths and challenges from the developmental evaluation, and lessons learned from the RPP. The authors present recommendations to help other partnerships—particularly those with multi-organization systems—establish strong and open relationships that can positively influence evidence-based decisionmaking, and ultimately improve child and youth outcomes.
This study was sponsored by First 5 Los Angeles and undertaken by RAND Education and Labor.
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